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Did Islamophobia contribute to the paramedics’ negligence in the death of Yosif Al-Hasnawi?

Did Islamophobia contribute to the paramedics’ negligence in the death of Yosif Al-Hasnawi?

by Harshita Singh On Saturday, December 2, 19-year-old Yosif Al-Hasnawi was shot two kilometres away from Hamilton’s Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre where he had just participated in a service. Witness accounts report that the paramedics who responded to the incident did not take Yosif’s suffering seriously, and he died later that night. Yosif’s father, Majed Al-Hasnawi,

Charges laid against man for two of the Church-Wellesley murders, more remain unsolved

by Sara Jaffri After being unable to prevent or solve a string of murders and disappearances last year, the Toronto Police Services (TPS) have charged Bruce McArthur for the murder of two of the missing persons, Salim Esen and Andrew Kinsman. Both men went missing at different times in 2017 and were last seen at

TCHC Residents Froze This Past Weekend in Units With No Heating

by Sahar Ashraf The broken and neglected heating system in 3171 Eglinton Ave. E., a TCHC building, has forced residents to buy their own space heaters and use their ovens to stay warm as wind chill temperatures drop to as low as -36 C . “Every winter is the same problem,” said Piranavan, who lives

Murdered Indigenous woman’s memorial trashed by landlord

by Sara Jaffri On October 22, a public memorial to honour the life of a young Indigenous woman murdered in Winnipeg was taken down and thrown in the garbage by a landlord just hours after her family and friends left the site of the gathering. “I attempted to speak to the landlord and ask him

Red Cross Scarborough Announces Closure

by Sahar Ashraf “People are just going to be starving out there,” said Tara Johnston, one of the many people who will struggle to find a place to eat once the Red Cross at the corner of Markham and Eglinton shuts its doors in April 2018. The not-for-profit’s food bank opened two years ago and

Saving Face: Canada’s Settlement of the Ontario Sixties Scoop

by Nooria Alam The Canadian federal government reached a settlement agreement during the month of October with the survivors of the Sixties Scoop in Ontario, after almost a decade of dragging its feet and trying to get the case thrown out of court. The federal government has been ordered to pay $750 million to the

Duterte Moves into “Fascist Dictatorship” as Extrajudicial Killings, Repression Expand

by Priyanka Rabindranath & Steve da Silva On Sunday, December 10, two dozen people gathered in front of Toronto’s Old City Hall to mark International Human Rights Day and bring attention to the expanding scope of extrajudicial killings being carried out in the Philippines by the Rodrigo Duterte administration. “Duterte has shown his true colours

North Korea’s Nukes: The only reason it hasn’t become the Iraq or Afghanistan of East Asia

Editorial, BASICS Community News Service Over the past year, the provocations of one rogue nation has pushed the world closer to nuclear war. On August 8, Trump shocked everyone when he threatened North Korea with the “fire and fury” of nuclear strikes which, if carried out, would be unprecedented in both carnage and criminality. Once

Trustees Vote Cops Out of TDSB High Schools

by Shafiqullah Aziz Students, parents, teachers, and community organizers are celebrating after trustees of the Toronto District School Board voted to end the School Resource Officer program, which stationed Toronto police in high schools. The November 22 vote to end the program comes after months of community consultations and organizing efforts from multiple groups expressing

Victory for Striking Ontario Food Terminal Workers

by Sahar Ashraf A two-week long strike has led to victory for the employees of Ippolito Produce Ltd at the Ontario Food Terminal, who unionized with Teamsters Local 419 to fight for fair wages, paid sick days, and greater job security. Workers picketed every morning leading up to negotiations, blocking the entrance to the Ontario

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